Just got back from watching Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and… damn. That was a fantastic movie that I only hope is done justice with next year’s Beyond the Spider-Verse.
My only issue is that too little is made of the fact that this movie is just as much a movie about Gwen Stacy as it is Miles Morales. Maybe even a little more Gwen because we’re getting so much more about her while any new knowledge of Miles is rather limited.
I’m honestly not trying to take anything away from Miles. I freaking love that character and have for a while. He’s also one of the very select few heroes of which my son is a fan (he generally loves villains).
So to honor this fact, and because I’m just a huge freaking Gwen Stacy fan and have been my whole life, I created this mashup of one of the posters from the first movie with a closeup I took of my Gwen figure ghosted (get it?) in the foreground.
I was prepping a cool action pose for the Spider-Man Noir that a friend traded me and I just wasn’t getting it right. So I put him aside. A while later, I looked over and saw that if I turned his left hand palm up, it looked like he was dancing and snapping his fingers. So I ran with it. Oh well.
This shot was not something I intentionally sought to do. Never crossed my mind. But I was putting Gwen back in my figure case and she landed on top of Jar Jar and they looked exactly like this (save her hand on his cheek). So I took them out and set it up.
I did not use the full “Beauty and the Beast” moniker because of all the hate that has swirled around Jar Jar for a quarter century now. We need to move past and celebrate him. And he looks amazing here. They both do. I love it. Jar Jar remains one of the most magnificently sculpted Black Series figures ever released.